out, safely. through the lanes, quick, fast, hurry, so they can get what they need. >> reporter: mall of america has taken the additional step of banning teenagers from shopping alone on black friday. in fact, police say if you are shopping on black friday, you should leave the kids at home. because they could easily get injured should something go wrong. also important to make a game plan. on the web version of google maps you can actually see the layout of stores like macy's so you can find everything you are looking for. john schifrin, abc news, new york. >> i just don't get it. >> i don't either. i did it one year, that was it. i was done like after an hour of doing it. it was over. you get elbowed once, and it's over. >> that's it. "i will stab you!" oh, man, what is going on today. be safe, folks. as it does every year, macy's hosted annual thanksgiving parade right here in the big apple. you saw it for the first time. >> awesome to see in person. 3 million people lined the streets as well. 50 million more were watching from home, as the giant balloon characters floated overhead. conditions, ideal, a lot of sun, temperatures were in the 50s. crisp, cold, and just, gets you in the holiday spirit. >> not bad at all. i was asleep. and at the parade, some families who were hard hit by hurricane sandy, enjoying the event, front and center, courtesy of macy's and the city itself.